The US Postal Service is quite unaware of Lake Balboa, that residential neighborhood just west of the 405, which is named after a mucky duck pond inside Woodley Park.

Lake Balboa used to be West Van Nuys, until 2007, when the LA City Council officially approved the renaming of this flat, grid-patterned district of postage stamp size beige and off-beige houses…….. far, far, far away……… from discordant and dismal downtown Van Nuys.

Anyway, the US Postal Service is getting ready to open a new branch inside the Ko-rean Greenland Market at 17643 Sherman Way at Balboa.  Parcel post, stamps, express mail and kimchi will now be offered.  A long held dream of Lake Balboa residents, the opportunity to conveniently ship a box of 24 Asian Pears to Mexico, is now a reality.

Here is the official government announcement:

New Postal Location Open in Van Nuys

Grand opening celebration on September 8 at 12 p.m.

VAN NUYS, CA — The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is making it easier for Van Nuys residents and businesses to take care of mailing and shipping needs with a new Contract Postal Unit (CPU) now open inside Greenland Market, 17643 Sherman Way, in Van Nuys.  This convenient location provides full-value service six days a week: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A CPU offers postage stamps and Postal Service products and services at the same price one would pay at a regular U.S. Post Office. There is never an additional service fee at a CPU.

A community grand opening celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, at 12 p.m., with refreshments served until 3 p.m. The local community is invited to stop by and see their new USPS mailing and shipping location. Customers can ship Express Mail and Priority Mail packages, purchase Insurance and Delivery Confirmation, mail Certified letters with Return Receipts, and, of course, buy the latest stamps and drop off mail ― almost anything that can be done at a Post Office can be done at a CPU, and for the same low price.

The Postal Service is expanding convenient access to postal products and services when and where our customers want them. Many local grocery stores, pharmacies, bank ATMs and office supply stores sell postage stamps — the top transaction at Post Offices. Customers only need to visit the Postal Service’s new website,, and enter a ZIP Code to find all USPS and Approved Postal Provider locations on an interactive map.


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